So, today is a very happy day indeed. Today we celebrate World Vegetarian Day (or maybe there’s just an I instead of a we). In any case, this amazing day was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977. Which “brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.” It starts on October 1st and ends with World Vegan Day on November 1st (FUN FACT: It only started 20 years ago).
Today seemed to be (right until the very end) symbolic for me because I had an epiphany after spending a few hours with a magnificent friend of mine who moved to Nepal a few years ago. As we were talking, I shared my new found experience in the field of Health Coaching as well as my change to a vegan diet. She has been one of the very few people who has not stared at me with crazy eyes and kindly approached the matter. We talked about saving elephants in Nepal, Thailand and Africa (this is something she selflessly does already, you can support this cause by following ELEPHANT WATCH NEPAL) and puppies and cute stuff. We reconnected, bonded and I got an amazing gift (as well as Yogi Tea straight from Asia and FOOD, INC.)
This entire conversation led me to confirm what Dr. Hyman shared in a conference from IIN, “social networks determine your behavior”. Healthier relationships can result from healthier networks and, to that effect, there is a change in behavior. All of this turned out to be an amazing moment of discovery where it all came down to the basics. When you are making a significant and important change in your lifestyle, you must be aware that there are certain places and people you might stir away from for a little while…or at least until the not so constructive behavior is replaced by a healthier one. Support groups are ideal albeit, not often available in all communities, you can find them online.
I also became aware that little changes might lead to big ripple effects. It all starts with slow and steady or as we say in spanish “Lento pero seguro” (slowly but surely). Right now, I choose to make changes in my dietary style because today I feel better, more grounded and connected to the world around me. This is a very small contribution to a much bigger cause but in the end, we are all connected.
To close this of, I want to share a very interesting fact: The trendy (and environmentally conscious) movement of meatless monday started since world war I and was recaptured only 11 years ago. Meatless monday was created to commit people to adopting healthier habits for at least 52 days a year. For more information, visit Meatless Monday and join us a day or two.
HAPPY VEGETARIAN DAY!